On a conference call, ESPN analyst Jon Gruden spoke to the media about some of the prospects in the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft. He holds his Gruden QB Camp, so he gets to know some of those players as he breaks down their game film. Gruden spoke specifically about some of the quarterbacks he thinks fit with the Raiders and offensive coordinator Greg Olson's offense.
“I can see Olson liking Bortles, from Central Florida,” Gruden said. “Bortles did a lot of option and drop back stuff in a pro style system. He's got size. I can see Olson liking Johnny Manziel. And if you know Greg Olson, he is a guy with tremendous imagination. I can see Greg liking a lot of these guys.”
“McCarron’s production speaks volumes,” Gruden said. “He's the all-time record holder at Alabama in a lot of different categories. He doesn’t have the flashy statistics that some of the quarterbacks do because of the system he comes out of. But he takes care of the ball and he has a big picture understanding of the game. He has been well schooled. I don't think he has tremendous athletic ability, his arm is not off the charts, but he can play quarterback and manage an NFL system.”
“My biggest concern is where do you play Khalil Mack,” Gruden said. “I think he is an edge player. When I look at Khalil Mack, he is most effective on the line of scrimmage as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense or as a nickle pass rusher playing the defensive end position. In a pure 4-3, I don't know that you want him as a base defensive end. I think he fits the 3-4 schemes the best.”
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